Friday, 14 December, 2018

NASA Bumps Jeanette Epps From International Space Station Crew Ahead Of Launch

Chinese Space Station By NASA Tom Buzbee, via Wikimedia Commons
Doris Mccormick | 20 January, 2018, 05:07

Astronaut Jeanette Epps, scheduled for launch to the International Space Station in June, has been replaced in an unexpected crew shuffle.

The agency announced that Jeanette Epps, who was scheduled to make history as a member of the Expedition 56/57 crew, scheduled to launch in June, was removed from that specific mission to the International Space Station. No explanation for the unexpected crew shuffle was given.

NASA announced that Epps will be replaced by her backup, Serena Aunon-Chancellor.

When asked by email about the reason for the change to Epps' role, NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean told Gizmodo that NASA doesn't provide information on these "personnel matters".

Fellow African American astronauts have visited the station on missions, including Robert Curbeam, Alvin Drew, Joan Higginbotham, Leland Melvin, Robert Satcher and Stephanie Wilson, but none have lived there.

"Epps has returned to the active astronaut corps at Johnson Space Center to assume duties in the astronaut office", Dean added.

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The space agency said she would 'be considered for assignment to future missions'.

In a meeting with Elle magazine a year ago, Dr Epps stated: "I get extremely energized when I consider being up in space, incompletely in light of the fact that I contrast it with going into a battle region".

Meanwhile, the astronaut is returning to Houston from Russia where she had been training to fly alongside a German and a Russian.

And don't expect the astronauts to tweet any cool pictures from space during the shutdown - those are also published via employees at JSC, ABC13 reports.

Epps was born in Syracuse and completed her doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2000.

She filled in as a specialized knowledge officer for a long time before being chosen as an individual from Nasa's 2009 space explorer class.

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